Country Music Remembers The Possum
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member George Glenn Jones died this past Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was hospitalized April 18th with a fever and irregular blood pressure.
Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Country Music World and Beyond Has Taken To Social Media Over The Weekend To Pay Tribute To George.
Kenny Chesney: “Today the world lost one of the greatest country singers, innovators and force of music… But I lost not just a friend and an inspiration, but a man who treated me like a son. A sad day, indeed. Godspeed, George Jones… No one’s gonna fill your shoes.”
Jason Aldean: “So sad to hear abt the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten.”
Carrie Underwood: “Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will. #Legend” (Carrie posted a picture of her on the back of a motorcycle with George)
Blake Shelton: “Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones...”
Lady Antebellum: “Saddened by the passing of George Jones. Sending prayers up for his wife and family. Country Music will never be the same.”
Luke Bryan: “George. You will be deeply missed. Thanks for the beautiful memories.”
Miranda Lambert: God bless the gift George Jones shared with us. That voice will live on forever.
Florida Georgia Line: “Country music wasn't the same when he came around and now that he's gone it won't be again. RIP George Jones.”
Brad Paisley: “My friend,the greatest singer of all time,has passed.To those who knew him,our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now. Heaven has gained yet another voice ...”
The Band Perry: “Country music and the world lost a true legend today… Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed.”
Keith Urban: “If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”
Thompson Square: “Such a sad say today. We lost one of the greatest country singers to ever live. Rest in peace George.”
Tim McGraw: “Gone ...... George Jones .....man he was country music”
Rascal Flatts Jay Demarcus: “I can't believe we've lost George Jones. One of the best singers ever, period. Country music will miss you forever... God bless his family..”
Garth Brooks: "The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music."
Toby Keith: “George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he'd live forever. Let's break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family.”
Lee Brice: “Country music lost a great one today! @gjpossum will be missed...”
Little Big Town: “There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones”
Chris Young: “So sad... We lost an icon today ... @gjpossum #possum prayers to his family.”
Randy Houser: “Rest in Peace George Jones. Sad day.”
Thomas Rhett: “So sad to hear about George Jones. Country music has lost a legend.”
Kacey Musgraves: “That angel choir just got a whole lot better this morning.. #RIP #GeorgeJones”
Dierks Bentley: “nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad. as sad as i am, i know my friend terry eldredge @TheGrascals is devastated. no bigger fan. many nights listening to jones together. #thedoor”
Dustin Lynch: “Mr. George Jones thank you for all you've done for country music, you taught us all how to sing.”
Jana Kramer: “So sad to hear about George Jones. He was one of my favorites. And always will be. #lovetohisfamily”
Vince Gill: "There aren't words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I'll miss my kind and generous friend."
Alan Jackson: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”
Trace Adkins: “George Jones was my friend, and I loved him.”
Kellie Pickler: “It's a sad day in the country music world...my heart cries over the loss of George Jones.”
Martina McBride: “So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans.”
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles: “I'll never forget the first time I heard the story in "He Stopped Loving Her Today". RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.”
Easton Corbin: “What a sad day for country music. George Jones was one of my heroes.”
Faith Hill: We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family.
Scotty McCreery: “RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed.”
Alabama: “George was an all time great in country music and it won't be the same without him”
Merle Haggard: “The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived.”
Loretta Lynn: “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”
Dolly Parton: "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends."
Randy Travis: “I am very thankful I got to know George, he’s one of the greatest singers that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy.”
Kenny Rogers: “George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.”
Barbara Mandrell: “I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say‘George Jones’. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.”
Ricky Skaggs: "THE Country Music singer of all time. The words 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' has never been more true than today."
Hank Williams Jr: “Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.”
Travis Tritt: "I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I've lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers 100 years from now and beyond! I'm reminded of the lyrics that Waylon wrote in the tune 'It's Alright.' 'If we all sang like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones!'"
Montgomery Gentry: “The entire Montgomery Gentry family is extremely saddened by the news of George Jones passing today. Our prayers are with Nancy and his family. "He had one hell of a career and lived life to the fullest and the way he wanted to live it"-Eddie
"Country music has lost a true legend today. George has left some very large shoes to fill."-Troy
Eli Young Band: “RIP George "Possum" Jones”
Rodney Atkins: “Sending prayers & love to Nancy & the whole Jones family & all of George's fans & friends. George Jones was a true country music legend.”
Tracy Lawrence: “I am so saddened by the news of George Jones’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and I will always treasure the times we had together. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on Country music and inspired us all. I will miss him. God Bless you George.”
Pistol Annies: “Wow.. Sweet George SURE will be missed down here.. But we can only imagine the celebration Heaven is having today.”
Sara Evans: So saddened to hear of George Jones' passing. He was an idol of mine and a true legend! One of the best voices of all time. I will miss him.
Kix Brooks: “Possum, angels got a serious lead singer today - God bless Nancy his loving wife - what a guy- what a voice - that was one hell of a show!”
Jerrod Niemann: “#rippossum Gonna miss the unbelievable George Jones. Thanks for so many amazing moments in country music history.”
Greg Bates: “Sad hearing the news of George Jones. Never met him but I feel like I knew him. We lost a country music hero today.”
Big and Rich’s John Rich: “The world will miss the great #georgejones A giant has passed on. Proud to say we were true friends. Who's gonna fill his shoes? Nobody. Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."
Gloriana: “Sad day for country music. Rest in peace, George Jones.”
Joe Nichols: “Woke up to the news about George Jones. Absolutely Devastated. There will never be another”
The Bellamy Brothers: "Prayers and Condolences go out to the family of George Jones, one of the greats is gone."
David Nail: “RIP George Jones! Glad I got to meet him...”
Tate Stevens: “Sad day for the Country Music world, legend George Jones is gone! Thanks for decades of great music!!!”
Eric Paslay: "Thoughts and prayers to George Jones' family. A true country legend. We'll never stop loving you George!"
Miley Cyrus: "God bless Mr. Jones and his family. Especially Mrs.Nancy.... That was family. my fav record I AM WHAT I AM will be on repeat today."
Billy Ray Cyrus: "I'm stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones. The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers."
Larry Gatlin: "Years ago someone asked Coach Bum Phillips if Earl Campbell was in a class by himself. Bum replied, 'Well if he ain't, it sure don't take long to check roll.' I say the same of the late great George Jones. Rest in peace POSSUM. You were always kind to me… THANKS."
Sammy Kershaw: "George Jones has been a major part of my personal and professional life for a long time. I have been inspired by his music for the last 50 years and for 42 of those, I had the pleasure of knowing him personally and professionally. He was IT to me. George was and will always be my guy. I am luckier than a lot of people on this Earth because God let me be a part of George's life and him a part of mine. And on this day, his song couldn't be more true: 'He Stopped Loving Her Today.'"
Mel Tillis: "I met George when he came to Nashville and we became good friends. I'm really going to miss him. The world has lost the greatest singer to have ever lived."